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Editor’s Introduction

knowledge that this issue attempts to respond, by creating the conditions for a discussion between practitioners and researchers. Contributors to the current issue are researchers – practitioners stimulated by reflecting around their work – and practitioners turned researchers, with some articles being written by four hands. Most of the authors would consider humanitarian aid not as an exact science but an art, or at least a craft characterised by the ‘irreducible uncertainties’ of the situations

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation

’s art’. Rudofsky drew attention to vernacular buildings that were constructed by their own inhabitants rather than by architects (see also May, 2010 ). The idea of promoting architecture without building is, in many ways, consistent with Rudofsky’s philosophy, which was to see design as much less fixated on final structures and much more concerned with process . The real insight of the Viennese projects, however, is that this process can focus on furniture rather than

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Four Decisive Challenges Confronting Humanitarian Innovation

), ‘ Humanitarian Innovation: The State of the Art’ , (accessed 20 October 2016) . Blanchet , K. , Ramesh , A. , Frison , S. et al . ( 2017 ), ‘ Evidence on Public Health Interventions in Humanitarian Crises’ , The Lancet

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

. and Bloom , L. ( 2014 ), Humanitarian Innovation: The State of the Art , (accessed 18 October 2018) . Brun , C. ( 2016 ), ‘ There Is No Future in Humanitarianism: Emergency, Temporality and Protracted Displacement ’, History and Anthropology , 27 : 4

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design

). Betts , A. and Bloom , L . ( 2014 ), ‘ Humanitarian Innovation: The State of the Art ’, in OCHA Policy and Studies Series ( New York : United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ). Boltanski , L. and Chiapello , E . ( 2005 ), The New Spirit of Capitalism ( London and New York : Verso . Original edition , 1999 ). BOND ( 2003 ), Joint statement by members of the International Global Security and Development Network on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), ‘A

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A Focus on Community Engagement

=64080.html (accessed 1 September 2018) . Détienne , M. ( 2002 ), ‘ L’art de construire des comparables. Entre historiens et anthropologues ’, Critique internationale , 14 , 68 – 78 . Détienne , M. ( 2009 ), Comparer l’incomparable ( Paris , Le Seuil ). Ellis , S

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Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles

, provided they did not take up arms again for the duration of the war (Art. 6). While such a provision was conceivable in the context of nineteenth-century conflicts, the advent of total war rendered it anachronistic. It was removed in 1906 with the Convention’s first revision, which granted the wounded prisoner-of-war status. With that genealogical detail out of the way, let us return to the generally accepted use of the ‘neutrality’ concept and ask ourselves whether it is

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

4 Performing the border and queer rasquachismo in Guillermo Gómez-​Peña’s performance art Where Gregory Scofield’s negotiation of the practice and habitus of citizenship in Canada is focused on the Métis, a group whose rights and identity have been debated and unjustly dismissed for centuries, this chapter recrosses the 49th parallel and returns to the border between the United States and Mexico, the site that features most prominently in work by Mexican-​ American and self-​ identifying Chicano performance artist and cultural theorist Guillermo Gómez-​ Peña

in Crossing borders and queering citizenship
From campaign imagery to contemporary art
Julia Gallagher and V. Y. Mudimbe

among political elites – calling for more assertive depictions of the country, which stressed its claim to be the birthplace of humanity, and its rejection of colonialism. Some of these have trodden dangerously close to nationalistic and overly grandiose depictions of the country, airbrushing the problems and ambiguities that many of its people confront daily. This chapter explores the delicate path between these two extremes that is navigated by a growing number of artists working in Ethiopia, part of a lively art scene centred on the capital

in Images of Africa
Civic reading practice in contemporary American and Canadian writing

Can reading make us better citizens? This book sheds light on how the act of reading can be mobilised as a powerful civic tool in service of contemporary civil and political struggles for minority recognition, rights, and representation in North America. Crossing borders and queering citizenship reimagines the contours of contemporary citizenship by connecting queer and citizenship theories to the idea of an engaged reading subject. This book offers a new approach to studying the act of reading, theorises reading as an integral element of the basic unit of the state: the citizen. By theorising the act of reading across borders as a civic act that queers citizenship, the book advances an alternative model of belonging through civic readerly engagement. Exploring work by seven US, Mexican, Canadian, and Indigenous authors, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Dorothy Allison, Gregory Scofield, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Erín Moure, Junot Díaz, and Yann Martel, the book offers sensitive interpretations of how reading can create citizenship practices that foreground and value recognition, rights, and representation for all members of a political system.